JTF uncovers 14 illegal refining sites in Rivers

Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), has uncovered 14 sites illegally refining crude oil in Rivers State.

This was made known by  the Commander of  the Joint tasks force, Rear Adm. John Okeke

Okeke who assumed duty on Thursday, said the illegal refining site, located on Ataba Island, close to Bonny Island in Rivers State, would be destroyed.

The OPDS Commander, who visited the location, said it was uncovered based on intelligence information.

Pix- Illegal refinery

He said though no arrest has been made, the joint operation will not allow the Niger Delta to be a safe haven for criminals.

“We are going to make it very hot for them with the help of the Navy, Army, Air Force, Police, NSCDS, the DIA, amongst others.

“Nobody wins alone without collaboration. With team work, we are going to achieve a lot in the fight against illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism.

“Today, we are in Ataba Island, close to Bonny Island, Rivers State, moving towards Akwa Ibom.

“What we discovered here is shocking, about 14 massive cooking sites, one of them is still hot and they must have pulled out on the arrival of troops.”

According to him, the OPDS would sustain surveillance and take out economic saboteurs in the region.

“We are sustaining what my predecessor did and I want to thank God that within 24 hours, we are able to achieve this feat, it shows that we are performing our duty.”

He advised criminals operating in the area to go into legitimate businesses, warning that those engaged in pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering will never find peace.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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